Who we are

 

Jake DeLisle

I was born in Mobile Alabama and spent the 2014_pigs3majority of my late childhood and early adulthood there.  I have always been inspired by the world, the systems and intricate interactions between elements of those systems have fascinated and motivated me my whole life.

I spent much of my time in Alabama gaining the knowledge and tools to better inform myself as to what approach to take to what i felt was a growing global issues if climate destabilization and the Socioeconomic exploitation of the marginalized people. I worked with local community gardens such as West End Community Garden in Birmingham,

Jake showing children examples of stone tools.
Jake showing children examples of stone tools.

and taught with organizations like Anthro-Teach whose mission was to bring awareness of our history and keep us in touch with the world we live in.

After the Deep-Water Horizon incident that ruined the Gulf of Mexico that has wrought untold and undocumented damage to animal and plant life in the waters surrounding my home, I decided that the only responsible thing that someone with my talents and interests could do was to dedicate my life to the building of Regenerative Systems and the teaching of that way of life.

I attended my first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Cayuta Sun with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Located in Schuyler county just north of Cayuta lake deep within a swampy cold pocket of Alpine NY.

Shortly after my course I spent time in AZ working with others from my class to rejuvenate old abandoned grazing land into something more productive.

Brothers Abe and Noah Johnson sift dirt after it was dug from hardpan in order to make double dug raised beds.
Brothers Abe and Noah Johnson sift dirt after it was dug from hardpan in order to make double dug raised beds.

Though we eventually had to leave Arizona for other opportunities we learned valuable lessons in land management and contract negotiation.

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The whole class of 2012
The whole class of 2012

I moved to the Finger Lakes in early 2012 and began volunteering and building my portfolio for Permaculture design. I worked and volunteered for many individuals and small farms in the area. During that year, I worked for Michael Burns and built that back kitchen for the PDC. That year I also acted as Administrative Intern for the 2012 work-trade and PDC.

I have lived in the area ever since, I have been a co-administrator to the Permaculture design course at Cayuta Sun as well as worked for myself to build my portfolio and start my own business Roaming Root.

See y'all out there.
See y’all out there.

 

Margaret Ball

I grew up in Watkins Glen, NY, climbing century-old apple trees in my parents’ orchard. I decided to farm at 16 while working at Road’s End Organic Farm in Dundee. I took a detour to earn a Bachelor’s in Anthropology; then apprenticed at Mud Creek Farm, Daring Drake Farm, the Farmscape Ecology Program, and completed classes through Tillers International, the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, and the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.
I currently spend most of my time as a Masters’ student in Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell. At Roaming Root, I coordinate record-keeping and website, and assist with planning, production, and sales. I’m working on a Farmer Grant proposal to NE SARE to support Roaming Root’s methodical description of pigs’ effects on plant communities & soil properties in a rotationally pastured system.

Harvesting lettuce at sunrise at Mud Creek Farm
Harvesting lettuce at sunrise at Mud Creek Farm